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Tuesday
Oct212014

FreeKeeneNews - Cops Attack Hungry Students Long After Pumpkin Fest 2014 Riots 

VIDEO: NH Cops Arrest Students for Walking

The police state did not end after the Pumpkin Fest rioters left.  After I got off-the-air from my live Saturday radio program (on which we discussed the initial Pumpkin Fest 2014 riots), I headed back down to the college. At the time, there was a helicopter broadcasting a message to disperse or be arrested. I arrived at the gateway to Keene State College – Winchester St. to witness a huge throng of police marching down the street. I quickly pulled out my camera and began to record (click for video).

After walking around the nearest building on campus, in full view of the line of police, activists walked onto campus and right back over to Winchester St.  We continued walking west on Winchester and no cops said anything to us there.  However, we again went on campus and came back out on Madison St., on the west end of the college.  Here there were several police standing around the intersection and one of them told me we couldn’t pass, despite college students walking down Winchester St. immediately behind them.
 

The solution was simply to walk 30 feet south and cut through the parking lot, back to Winchester St., wherein we were easily able to walk right past the same officers moments later.

What the hell was the point of these chokepoints anyway?  The riots had been over for a while by now.  It seemed the police were just enforcing arbitrary lines, and not very effectively or consistently.  After checking out the police staging area, which the BEARCAT never actually left (thankfully), we came back to Winchester and Madison, where a very large group of armored and other police had gathered despite nothing at all happening there.  It appeared they were preparing for transport elsewhere, however, before they could take off, three guys walked up from the dorms in search of late-night eats at the Campus Convenience store on the southeast corner.

Despite them being in the exact same place I was just minutes earlier, these young men were told to “GO HOME!” over and over with the demand being shouted by multiple officers.  Within moments, the officers swarmed and attacked the guys (jump right to that part of the video), who had stated they were hungry.  Did the officers behave differently toward them than they did me because there were more of the police present when the guys walked up?

This action by the police, like the arrest of the guy walking down the sidewalk earlier in the day, was completely unnecessary and outrageous.  These guys wanted some munchies, not to eat pavement.  They had not hurt anyone and had not threatened anyone.  This is pure escalation.  Not long after, city boss John MacLean and police chief Ken Meola are seen laughing it up across the street, ironically in front of “Alpha Dogs” eatery.

Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest on the Pumpkin Fest 2014 Riots.


Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Monday
Oct202014

FreeKeeneNews - Pumpkin Fest Organizer Assaults, Threatens to Censor Local Newsman 

Pumpkin Fest Organizer Assaults, Threatens to Censor Local Newsman (VIDEO)

Jared Goodell is a Keene native and local independent journalist. Yesterday he was the host for EIGHT hours during Pumpkin Fest 2014 on Cheshire TV, the local public access channel. Jared also put thousands of dollars of his own money into producing the all-day event coverage. For this amazing effort to cover the yearly festival (it would not have been covered on CTV without him), he is rewarded with an evening visit by Pumpkin Fest organizer Ruth Sterling who behaves in a ridiculous manner.  Watch the video here.

Sterling attempts to grab his microphone multiple times, as well as block the camera’s view of Jared, accuses him of frightening the guests of the festival and demands he stop talking about the riots happening just a few blocks away in the college neighborhood.

Since Jared is a newsman at heart, he feels obligated to report on what is happening in-town, and tangentially related to Pumpkin Fest. He defends his right to be the media and she responds by telling him she’ll “pull the plug” (which she has no control over) and that he should behave because she gave him the physical location for the CTV remote studio. As though she somehow was doing him a favor – he’s the one who spent over $5,000 of his own money to make the coverage of her event happen!

At one point in the beginning of the video, Sterling accuses Jared of being a “Free Stater”, this is the new pejorative to describe anyone who stands up for their rights. It’s not Jared’s first time causing controversy for reporting the news. Earlier this year he stirred it up for reporting from the scene of this Summer’s suicide and on the resignation of a despised school principal. Jared is not afraid to break the official city narrative of Keene being a perfect, blemish-free New England town, and is willing to take the heat. Keep up the good work, Jared – we’re all Free Staters now!



Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com 

Sunday
Oct192014

FreeKeeneNews - Pumpkin Fest Riot VIDEO: Keene Police Ignore Massive Bottle Fight 

Keene Police Ignore Massive Bottle Fight

Violence, Property Destruction, Littering as Police Do Nothing. I'd heard there were police with riot gear breaking up a party so I headed down to the college neighborhood yesterday around 6pm. Blake Street was packed with people when I arrived, but police were at about a block away in each direction. I asked one house if I could get up on their porch to get a better shot of the crowd and he was gracious enough to invite me up into his room to get a shot from the second story. In the few moments it took to get up there, the large crowd had split and bottles were being thrown. While I don't think the police should be arresting people for victimless crimes, this was actual criminality. People were getting hurt, property was destroyed and littered upon. Of course, because they have no obligation to protect you, Keene Police decided to stay safely down the street. Here's video from the middle of the bottle war.

More video coming soon to Free Keene.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Thursday
Oct092014

NH Dept of Safety - Law Enforcement Professionals Are Better Prepared Through NH DOS Courses 

New Hampshire Department of Safety

 

 

 

 

More than 200 law enforcement professionals from across the state are increasing their readiness for large-scale events this week by participating in the Critical Incident Response course presented by the New Hampshire Department of Safety and hosted at the University of New Hampshire.

 

The course is taught by law enforcement experts from across the country and demonstrates how incorporating lessons learned from real-world large-scale events can increase coordination and planning throughout local and state law enforcement.

 

“It’s great to see police partners from across the state join with the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to offer these important programs and continue to make our state one of the safest in the nation,” Perry Plummer, director of New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said.

 

On Monday forty police chiefs, sheriffs, and law enforcement executives conferenced on best practices and policies for a coordinated response to large-scale incidents. Participants examined case studies of real-world events and discussed how those lessons can translate into policy here in New Hampshire.

 

“We are a small state and rely on each other to provide mutual aid during large-scale events,” Dover Police Chief Anthony Colarusso Jr. said. “Today’s seminar was an excellent example of how New Hampshire law enforcement continuously works together to improve public safety.”  

 

Monday’s seminar for executives will be followed by a daylong course for field officers, and a three-day class for supervisors and managers. The supervisors and managers course will also be taught in the North Country.  

 

“Critical Incident Response is at the forefront of what law enforcement is facing today regardless of the specific community,” University of New Hampshire Chief of Police and Vice President of Student Affairs Paul Dean said. “These seminars make us work smarter with limited resources and become better partners with our public safety stakeholders.”   

 

This course is the first of a series of courses and is offered in partnership with the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security, the University of New Hampshire Police Department and the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council. The course was paid for through a Department of Homeland Security grant and in sponsorship with the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police and the New Hampshire State Police. Additional assistance was provided in the North Country by the Grafton County Sheriff and Coos County Sheriff.

Wednesday
Oct082014

NH Dept. of Safety - Law Enforcement Professionals Increase Critical Incident Readiness 

New Hampshire Department of Safety

 

 

 

 

State Department of Safety Courses Provide Real-World Lessons

 

More than 200 law enforcement professionals from across the state are increasing their readiness for large-scale events this week by participating in the Critical Incident Response course presented by the New Hampshire Department of Safety and hosted at the University of New Hampshire.

 

The course is taught by law enforcement experts from across the country and demonstrates how incorporating lessons learned from real-world large-scale events increases coordination and planning throughout local and state law enforcement.

 

WHO:             Sixty law enforcement supervisors will be in their second day of the three-day course.

 

WHERE:       University of New Hampshire, Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room

 

WHAT:          Participants will be working in small groups practicing command and control skills through table-top discussion exercises

 

WHEN:          October 9, 2014, 2:00 -2:30pm

 

CONTACT:  Emily Martuscello, Exercise Training Officer,

 

This course is the first in a series of courses and is offered in partnership with the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security, the University of New Hampshire Police Department and the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council. The course was paid for through a Department of Homeland Security grant and in sponsorship with the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police and the New Hampshire State Police. Additional assistance was provided in the North Country by the Grafton County Sheriff and Coos County Sheriff.